The Young Progressives Party (YPP) declared its intent to contest the recent party change of Senator Ifeanyi Ubah who migrated to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
A confirmation of the situation was given by the YPP’s National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Egbeola Wale-Martins, during a press briefing in Abuja on Friday.
He held the view that the switch of Ubah to the APC was not due to unresolved disputes and advised that Ubah’s departure was ill-timed, given the need to strengthen the party for the 2023 general elections.
“The current news about Senator Ifeanyi Ubah’s decision to join the All Progressives Congress (APC) is untimely and regrettable, particularly when our focus should be fortifying our recently earned victories in the general elections,” he said.
“We ought to work towards creating a strong opposition that can counter the current ruling party that’s accountable for the myriad difficulties Nigerians are navigating,” he added.
“Although Ubah may have switched to the APC for multiple reasons, internal conflicts within our party definitely do not account for them.
“There’s no necessity to claim discord where none is apparent,” he remarked.
The YPP spokesperson underscored that individuals who exit the party should not aim to diminish its marketability at the cost of its many members and supporters.
“We are cognizant of the legal consequences of his deed and are ready to examine all potential routes by way of the law.
“After the National Working Committee meets to decide the next steps, further details on this issue will be disclosed to the media,” he noted.
According to Wale-Martins, it is crucial to acknowledge that the party’s management has continuously stood by all its electoral candidates who emerged victorious under the party’s banner, not exclusively Ubah.
He emphasized the party’s willingness to back its members as long as they demonstrate unwavering trust in the party’s direction.
“We emphatically criticize the APC’s audacious habit of poaching from other political parties in an attempt to monopolize Nigeria’s political arena, which hinders democratic development.
“The APC, under President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s leadership, should channel its efforts more towards addressing the numerous issues plaguing the nation rather than this desperate suffocation of opposition political parties,” said Wale-Martins.